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Old 02-02-2012, 08:39 PM
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Locomotives: GS series, FP7, GP7 (HO scale)

I've always had a thing for trains, and I love traveling by rail. I've finally got around to translating that into a design project. One thing that I've found to be missing from the paper modeling stable are nice, mid-level models of famous locomotives. There are a great many (very nice) very simple models, with one piece wheel assemblies (forgive my lack of proper RR terminology) and simple shells. I want to produce models with some 3d detail that are still easy to assemble and attractive to look at. For my first projects, I decided to combine my love of Josh Ritter and late steam locomotives to produce the famous GS-4 locomotive that pulled the Coastal Daylight in the 1940s. But since that is a more complex project than I feel I can handle at the moment, being uninitiated in the ways of locomotives, I chose a couple of simpler locomotives to get my feet wet. The first is the beautiful F7. I got a good start on this (see attached pic) but still felt a little overwhelmed. So I switched to an even simpler engine, the GP7. I am collecting references and plan to get a start tonight.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:58 PM
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Interesting new development, Avery. I look forward to seeing these locomotives.

I have been diverted by work and vintage deoupages militaire but after my 15 February Perspectives in Military History lecture, I hope to post a thread with my Bayberry.

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I agree that rail vehicles are under-represented in the card modeling world, at least in the North American market.

I really like your civilian boats, Avery! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the world of rails! Good luck!
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Very cool Avery. If you ships were any indication of what is to come, these should be some great models.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:30 PM
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Thanks guys!

Don, I can't wait to see her!

Here's my progress on the GP7. I'm having a lot of fun, all those 90 degree angles are so easy compared to all the curves on a ship.
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Looking forward to following this... Great work.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:21 AM
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Looking forward to your results - by coincidence, I was searching for serious (i.e. well detailed) models of the famous American diesel locomotives, without success. Hoping for colourful liveries?!
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The most colorful I can find I know nothing about railroads, so do you have any suggestions?

Thanks Peter!

This project is proving to be a huge amount of fun for me, I'm having a blast looking at all the different versions and modifications and figuring out which details go with which version go with which lines.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:35 PM
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For colours I had a look at Google Pictures - Union Pacific, Santa Fe, or perhaps Alaska (we spent a very nice few weeks in Alaska early this summer...). But there are many more! We don't get this sort of variety and bright colours on our European railways.
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I would love to see the Geep 7 done up as a Boston and Maine bluebird.Its just a suggestion.Hope it helps.
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